Anniversaries of significance in Canada

Each year, the Government of Canada recognizes anniversaries of national significance to promote knowledge and understanding for all.

These anniversaries remind us to reflect on our history, our heritage and our shared accomplishments and to think about the country of tomorrow, what we want to be and what we want to achieve together.

These are some of the people and events that have shaped Canada’s rich history and diverse communities of today.

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Canada has always been a cultural mosaic

The 175th anniversary of Irish Mass Immigration to Canada during the Great Famine in Ireland and the 50th anniversary of the Ugandan Asian resettlement

The year 2022 marks two significant Canadian immigration history milestones.

One hundred and seventy-five years ago, in 1847, the Great Potato Famine forced over 100,000 Irish to sail to Canada. Their destination was the port of Quebec, with a mandatory stopover at the quarantine island of Grosse-Île. When a typhus epidemic claimed more than 5,000 victims, Grosse-Île became the largest Irish cemetery outside of Ireland.

Fifty years ago, on August 4, 1972, Ugandan President Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of the country’s Asian minority, giving them 90 days to leave. In turn, Canada welcomed over 7,000 Asian Ugandans as part of its earliest non-European refugee resettlement initiative.

These two stories, illustrate the hardships of having to leave home, and are important pieces that contribute to the greater history of Canadian immigration.

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Activities are flourishing during the Year of the Garden

Year of the garden

Gardens cultivate a sense of renewal, change and hope from which cultural experiences flourish. Whether ornamental, vegetable or inspired by Indigenous traditions, the rich diversity of heritage gardens in Parks Canada administered places is remarkable. As we celebrate the Year of the Garden 2022, let's honor these sites that nurture the beauty of the world and encourage “Living the garden life”!

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International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032)

International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032

For thousands of years, Indigenous languages have named the elements and everything that lives in them, they reveal the invisible that binds us together. They teach us about the world. From Gwaii Haanas, which means “Islands of Beauty” in Haida, to Kouchibouguac, the “River of Long Tides” in Mi’kmaq, to the Torngat Mountains, “where the spirits gather” in Inuktitut, Parks Canada honours this precious heritage and protects places where Indigenous languages endure and resonate in this country.